University of Saint Joseph

Multicultural Catholic University in Macao, China.

Established in 1996 by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and the Diocese of Macao, USJ was modelled after top universities in Europe and is now a hub for international collaboration framed by Macao’s unique local character. USJ stands squarely within the Macanese tradition of intercultural education that began with the founding of the first Western-style university in East Asia in 1594.

At USJ, students and faculty members come from over 40 different nations for the shared pursuit of knowledge in service of humanity. This mix of backgrounds and perspectives makes USJ’s learning environment an effective incubator of ideas, sparking innovation and creative solutions to relevant challenges in the world.


USJ operates primarily in English and every student may learn the two official languages of Macao: Chinese and Portuguese. Programmes of study are offered in the Arts and HumanitiesSocial Sciences and EducationEnvironmental ScienceReligious Studies and Philosophy, and Business and Law. In each programme, critical and creative thinking is underlined by collaborative and practice-based learning, where self-reflection on the ethical implications of one’s education is always encouraged.

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In 2017, USJ expanded to its new Ilha Verde Campus. USJ’s new “Green Campus” is a model of architectural innovation, featuring state of the art academic facilities and a residential hall that has single and double room accommodation for undergraduates, as well as studio apartments for graduate students and visiting academics.

Global Reach

USJ has signed Agreements of Cooperation with over 85 Higher Education institutions in Asia, Africa, America, Europe and Oceania, and we are also an active member of many regional and international associations and alliances, striving to build stronger global connections. Examples include: International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU); Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU); International Association of Universities (IAU); Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP); Observatory Magna Charta Universitatum (MCU); among others.

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